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Comment: Re:3 minutes is slow? (Score 1) 133

by kelemvor4 (#48645605) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Yes, but if the underside of the car needs to be accessed to make a battery swapout easy, then being able to drive over the swap pit, so the tech underneath can do the job, then drive out and continue on one's trip will be similar to fueling up, or possibly even faster.

Yeah. The battery access seems to be a bit of a design flaw. They have been talking about battery swaps for a long time, so I wonder why it's on the bottom.

Comment: Re:3 minutes is slow? (Score 0) 133

by kelemvor4 (#48639719) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Gas stations used to have service bays with oil change pits. Places like Jiffy Lube still operate that way. I can see those pits being repurposed for this function too, since easy access to the underside of the car and a drive-through bay may really help to keep the time down.

This is more akin to filling your tank with gas than it is to getting your car serviced.

Comment: Re:We suck as a people (Score 1) 28

by kelemvor4 (#48634483) Attached to: Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

Seriously, we do.

The fact that we're finding other PLANETS is now so humdrum that this gets 7 comments, this smells very much like the latter Apollo missions "Oh, we've got guys on the moon again? Zzzz."

If I simply posted something controversial*, like an entire article about how "global warming is bullshit", that would get 300 comments, easily.

*of course, I can't use /. as my personal blog. I'm not Bennett Haselton.

More than 1800 exoplanets have been discovered. At some point, finding one more ceases to be big news.

Comment: Re:Mass production ? (Score 3, Funny) 187

by kelemvor4 (#48606299) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

And yet, I read about a team in Cambridge in the UK who have a new low temperature process that can create graphene in industrial quantities.

Do you expect the New Yorker to do actual research (or even a google search) before writing an article or something?

Comment: Re:When we give money to the schools ... (Score 1) 229

by kelemvor4 (#48511777) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

If they hired better teachers, what would the teachers' unions do with the worthless teachers? In this case I'd like to know what the FBI is investigating. Graft? Or are they investigating the students' "cybercrime" of unlocking the iPads?

The FBI Hasn't been forthcoming with that detail yet. Assumptions abound.

Comment: Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (Score 1) 327

by kelemvor4 (#48398229) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

The difference is choice.

In the Apple model, yes, they have built that walled garden. Yes, they are generally sealed units with limited upgrade options. But with Apple in 2014, they're just one vendor among many viable alternatives. Depending on who you ask, they're somewhere between 8% and 15% of the market. That leaves a huge selection of alternate vendors from which to choose.

Microsoft, lest anyone forget, is a convicted (unfortunately never punished) monopolist. Is the late '90s they had something like 98% marketshare. In MS' world, you have no choice but to submit to his will and his ecosystem. You would not be free to leave and switch vendors because there would be no alternatives available. And while Gates may have recently been able to buy them a better reputation with his so-called charity work; you're a damn fool if you think he is anything but a viciously ruthless businessman who wanted nothing less than complete dominance over you.

Hmm.. I kind of hate defending Microsoft after having spent so much effort supporting the MS boycott. However, locking you into hardware vendors was never a MS thing. MS generally did their evil by forcing companies to sell MS and no alternative OS based products. They also did their thing buy stealing competing software outright. In the 90's there were thousands of examples on the now defunct (the url was but no more) boycott site where the evil was being documented.

Bash MS, yes. But do it for valid reasons or you just shoot holes in your cause.

The first version always gets thrown away.